Executive Committee


The Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is the deliberative body for all the research Ph.D. and M.A. programs at Columbia, and has faculty representatives from all the doctoral programs across the university: Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, International and Public Affairs, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Teachers College.  The committee establishes educational and administrative policy for graduate education in the university.  Among its most important functions are reviewing existing programs of study and approving proposals for new doctoral and master's programs.


Carlos J. Alonso, Dean

Arts and Sciences Departments


Wael Hallaq, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Joseph Slaughter, English and Comparative Literature

Josef Sorett, Religion

Aaron Fox, Music

Natural Sciences

Emlyn Hughes, Physics

Laura J. Kaufman, Chemistry

Eleanor Sterling, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Rafael Yuste, Biological Sciences

Social Sciences

Nadia Urbinati, Political Science

Adam Kosto, History 

Josh Whitford, Sociology

Rosalind Morris, Anthropology

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Arthur Palmer, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Debra Wolgemuth, Genetics and Development

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Soulaymane Kachani, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Doctoral Program Subcommittees

Architecture and Urban Planning

Felicity Scott, Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences

Roger Vaughan, Biostatistics


Costis Maglaras, Business


Andrea Tucher, Communications 


Charles Basch, Health and Behavior Studies


Arlene Smaldone, Nursing

Social Work

Neeraj Kaushal, Social Work

Sustainable Development

John Mutter, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Student Representatives

Sarah Joseph, GSAC President, Genetics and Development

Lisa Kahl, GSAC Vice President, Biological Sciences

GSAS Staff and Associates

Andrea Solomon, Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs